I thought of an analogy while in the shower
cishet allies are like soccer moms
soccer moms are great, they can get the team places and have resources the team doesn’t have, and when team members are down they can cheer them on and help patch up any injuries later
but in the end, they’re not actually playing soccer, and a good amount most likely don’t know how to actually play soccer
you don’t give trophies or medals or whatever to soccer moms, and the soccer moms are not in the team photos, and that doesn’t mean they’re unacknowledged or unappreciated, it is because they’re literally not on the team
and when you say the “A” in lgbtqia stands for Allies, that’s sort of like taking those kids who are never allowed to play, kicking them off the team, and replacing them with the soccer moms
like damn, they don’t have much representation in the field but don’t take their spots
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
I always felt like personal change campaigns - not just for the environment but for things like buying products for a cause or to donate to “Africa” were more about a cool and fun marketing campaign than actual change. But because they’re marketed as THE SOLUTION, politicians get to sit pretty and design systems that will guarantee that shit will never change.
Remember when The Governor thought he was The Doctor?
IT HAS SO MANY AWESOME PARTS YOU SIMPLY WON’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
MY NAME IS ELDER GREEN
I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS BOOK OF JESUS CHRIST
MY NAME IS ELDER YOUNG
DID YOU KNOW THAT
LIVED HERE IN THE U.S.A.?
Question about The Day of the Doctor:
So the War Doctor and Ten both have their minds wiped of saving Gallifrey, making them think that they actually went through with destroying it. So I guess the same is true with all the other Doctors that helped save it; only Eleven and all future incarnations will remember saving it.
Why? Why is everyone’s memories erased, especially One through Eight who haven;t been effected by Gallifrey’s fall yet?